Baton Rouge hotel to host week-long recycling event

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:35pm

If you’re a tech savvy person, chances are you probably have the latest gizmos and gadgets on the market. But what should you do with your obsolete computers and cell phones?

One local hotel is hoping that you'll recycle your obsolete electronics to help keep the environment clean.

Hotel Indigo, located in downtown Baton Rouge, is making an effort to go green in order to make our environment a cleaner place to live.

"We wanted to do something a little bit different by trying to involve the community,” stated Whitney Bass with Hotel Indigo. “So we decided electronics would be the best thing to do."

The hotel teamed up with the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council for an electronics drop-off event. Bass said that Hotel Indigo is also incorporating recycling into their daily operations.

"We are in the process of trying to go paperless for our front desk,” said Bass. “We are trying to install recycling bins in each one of the hotel rooms, so that all of our guests can also feel a part of going green, and help us to achieve our goals.”

Team members at CACRC said everyone can do their part to help cut down on environmental cost savings.

"If you recycle a computer system with the monitor and the computer itself, that's like taking a half a car off the road per year in terms of energy savings," stated CACRC member Nancy Jo Craig.

One reason many people hold on their computers is because of information on the hard drive. Some fear falling victim to identity theft. But officials with CACRC say recycling is completely safe.

"If a hard drive comes into our facility, it's locked down, and it's taken to a place where we erase it to a national standard,” stated Craig. “If we cannot erase it, or its too old, it goes to a place and is locked in a box, which ends up going to get shredded. Your data is totally safe."

This is the main reason Jeremy Plater felt comfortable cleaning out his closet today.

"The importance of recycling, to me, is just basically saving money,” said Plater. “Low-income families are really benefiting from my recycling."

There is still an opportunity to drop off your old electronics to be recycled. The CACRC will accept donations June 3 - June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The warehouse is located at 1400 Main Street. 

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